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Music: Raising Sand, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss

The final song, Your Long Journey, written by Doc and Rosa Lee Watson, is a gorgeous hymn that grabs my attention from the first word. As I’ve mentioned, I use music as ritual so that I can write. Some songs are so heart-stopping that they take me out of myself and I can’t do anything but listen. Vivaldi’s Winter Largo is one of them, as is Lucinda Williams’ Blue.


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